The term point of origin refers to the first event that sets in motion the series of other events leading to a maintenance need. It is important to understand the point of origin of the damage because it may determine responsibility for its cost. For example, if the bathtub of a condominium unit overflows, the owner is responsible for all resulting damage to other units and to the common area. This is true because the point of origin of the damage was either a malfunction of the faucet or drain (elements for which the owner is responsible) or an occupant’s negligence in allowing the tub to overflow (an act for which the owner is responsible). The Association will still be involved in the repair process and may require the use of specific contractors, but the owner may be responsible for all the costs.

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